Washington, DC (Learfield Wire Services/TTWN Media Networks)  -- The gender pay gap is narrowing in Minnesota, but not very rapidly.

The Gopher State ranks 12th in the nation when it comes to the difference between the pay for men and women. The average woman working in Minnesota makes 83 cents for each dollar earned by a man doing the same job. Two years ago, this state ranked 18th.

Median annual earnings for men in Wisconsin were 53-thousand, 200-dollars last year, compared to 44-thousand, 132-dollars for women. The American Association of University Women reports the pay gap is the smallest in New York state and the worst in Louisiana.

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